Karritpul paints subjects associated with the traditional culture and knowledge of his clan. This print extends his exploration of the woven line in painting and design. Karritpul grew up watching his mother and grandmother collecting, dyeing and weaving pandanus and sand palm (merrepen) fibre. As they worked he would listen to the stories they told about the traditional culture and heritage of his people.
As a young contemporary artist Karritpul has transformed his knowledge of weaving and dyeing into intricate and colourful paintings. His images incorporate the pattern of pandanus bundles, woven baskets, coolamon and fish traps, while the colours of his paintings emulate rich and beautiful natural fibre dyes. The works pay homage to his culture and heritage, yet extend its boundaries as contemporary visual expression.
© Merrepen Arts 2016
This etching was made as part of a print workshop held at Merrepen Arts in March 2016 with master print maker Basil Hall and facilitated by Nomad Art Productions, Darwin. Ten artists participated in the week-long workshop.